Best Things to See & Do in St-Ives


  • Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden features works in bronze, stone and wood in addition to paintings, drawings and other archive material

  • Porthmeor beach - St Ives

    There are few towns anywhere which can rival St Ives for both number and quality of beaches. There are no less than five beautiful sandy beaches within easy walking distance of St Ives town centre. St Ives has few rivals for the crown of Cornwall...

  • Tate - St Ives

    The Tate Gallery St Ives opened in June 1993 in a purpose-built building with five galleries offering an introduction to modern art, with special emphasis on the St Ives School

  • Leach Pottery postage stamp - 1987

    Established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920, many studio potters have had their training here. The historic pottery buildings have been restored, there are regular exhibitions and a selling gallery with work by leading contemporary potters.

  • Escape Time - St Ives

    Test your skills and brains to see if you've got what it takes to escape in time. You and your team of 2 to 6 have 60 minutes to escape from one of the themed escape rooms by solving a series of puzzles.

  • Paradise Park - Hayle

    Paradise Park carries out conservation work on native UK species, including the Cornish Chough, Otters, Owls, and Red Squirrels.
    It is also home to rare and endangered parrots, and is an excellent and informative day out for any family.

  • Saint Ives Museum

    Situated just away from the town centre, overlooking Bamaluz beach is St Ives town museum. The exhibitions and collections reflect the fishing, railway, tourism and mining that have defined the town.

  • Secret Coves of North Cliffs

    This is a stretch of around 18 miles that takes in Godrevy and the great curve of St Ives Bay. The heather-clad remoteness of North Cliffs is followed by the extensive dunes of Gwithian Towans as the path slowly leads you to the attractive and...

  • St Nicholas' Chapel on the Island

    St Nicholas Chapel is a simple one-roomed granite building perched on top of St Ives Island, an ancient promontory fort and birdwatchers paradise (which isn't in fact an island at all!).

    It is not only birdwatchers...

  • Man's Head and the Island - St ives

    St Ives Island, jutting out into the sea between the harbour and Porthmeor Beach, is thought by some to be the one of the best autumn sea watching sites in Europe, especially when strong northerly or north-westerly winds...

  • Knill's Monument - Blue Sky

    Also known as the Steeple monument, this rather curious 50ft granite obelisk sits atop Worras Hill, behind Carbis Bay, and can be seen for miles around. Originally intended as a mausoleum to it's eccentric creator, John...

  • Zennor Quoit

    Located about a mile south of Zennor on the high, flat Amalveor Downs is the substantial Zennor Quoit, a fine example of a portal dolmen. The sketch below was made by the renown antiquarian William Borlase in 1769 an the...

  • Tremenheere arid gardens

    The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are probably the newest addition to Cornwall's tradition of great gardens. Only opened in 2012 the gardens have already become an established fixture on the itinerary of green-fingered visitors...

  • Coast 2 Coast Karting

    Outdoor karting track located just outside Hayle.

  • Chysauster
    Some say that Chysauster's eight stone dwellings represent the earliest identifiable village street in England. The dwellings, which have been called 'courtyard houses', were probably built and occupied between 100BC and 400AD by...